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Clippers' climb could cost Lakers a second-round draft pick
Clippers' climb could cost Lakers a second-round draft pick

The Clippers have won six straight games to climb to 48-25 and into fourth place overall in the Western Conference. Only the Atlanta Hawks (55-17) can boast a better record in the East. Where the Clippers finish in the standings has direct implications for the Lakers and the 2015 NBA draft. The Lakers, via the Jeremy Lin trade with the Houston Rockets, will receive the Clippers' second-round pick, but only it falls exactly in the 51-55 range. Based on the standings as of Saturday morning, the Clippers would be in line for the 56th pick, which instead of going to the Lakers would go to the Denver Nuggets to complete the 2009 trade for Cheikh Samb (who was originally drafted by...

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